You could walk aimlessly around the city and gaze in marvel (that actually sounds nice). But let us give you this quick guide to Oslo’s areas nevertheless. Your disoriented gaze will transform into the stare of a hunter – once you know what to look for.
Grønland / Tøyen
Tired of pale Norwegians? Visit Grønland. This immigrant area is packed with small restaurants, jewellers, fabric shops and vegetable markets. A handful of beautiful mosques have been erected in Grønland during the last decade. Just as Grünerløkka, Grønland is undergoing changes, but seems more resistant to gentrification than Grünerløkka.
Situated in the eastern part of the city centre, this is where you find the medieval Oslo. In the Medieval Park there are ruins of The Church of Mary and the King’s Royal Palace. The park has a nice pond and is perfect for picnics. Those residing in Gamlebyen are not allowed to dig deep in their backyards, due to the chance of discovering items of archeologically importance.
Kampen / Vålerenga
Kampen and Vålerenga used to be typical working class areas, like Grünerløkka, only worse off. It is a charming area with wooden houses. Class differences have decreased but the working class spirit persists.
Bislett / St. Hanshaugen
This is where up-town meets down-town. It is a nice area with nice people, nice cafés and nice shops. It is neither expensive nor cheap, neither exiting nor boring, just really nice, kind of like a golden retriever. The park offers a scenic view of downtown – most impressive at dusk!
Majorstua and Frogner
Interested in Gucci, Louis Vuitton, and Dior? This is the area for shopping in fashionable boutiques and eating overpriced, but often delicious, meals. The main shopping street is Bogstadveien. There is a large flea market every Saturday at Vestkanttorget.
The view is spectacular from Ekeberg, especially from the newly refurbished restaurant, Ekebergrestauranten. Check out the new sculpture park dedicated to the female forms. Edvard Munch found inspiration for his famous painting The Scream while walking about in the surrounding hills, Ekebergåsen. You might recognize the background in the painting as the view of Oslo seen from Ekeberg. The world’s biggest football tournament, Norway Cup, is arranged at Ekebergsletta, first week of August every year.
Aker Brygge / Tjuvholmen
This former shipyard was renovated in the 1980′s. Here you find expensive apartments, shops, bars, restaurants and Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art. Aker Brygge is the perfect place to cool down on a warm day, with its large outdoor seating area with a view to the harbor, the City Hall and Akershus Fortress.
There are more than 40 islands in the Oslo Fjord. Take the ferry from Rådhus pier 4 (right by City Hall), covered by regular public transportation tickets, it stops at the sixth biggest island.
Here you can visit six museums in one day without too much travelling. When you are tired of the museums, you can take a swim in Paradisbukta or Huk, or just take a stroll around the area and observe the life of the bold and the beautiful.
Take a walk in one of the forests surrounding Oslo–the ideal place for observing Norwegians doing their thing: walking in the forest. The paths are well signposted.